World Traveling With Young Children: Nightmare?

I will begin this post with a SINCERE apology, as I have been MIA. We just recently returned from a week-long trip to Luleå, Sweden, about 450 miles North of Stockholm in the Swedish Laplands. The 8-hour plane ride wasn’t too bad, but having my Tucker Travel Cover 4-in-1 Travel Blanket and Pillow was a LIFESAVER. It comes in different sizes, but honestly, if traveling is your thing, this blanket makes the plane ride MUCH more tolerable. You are just one small click away from traveling in warmth, and comfort, and….

Oh, sorry about that. I must have dozed off just thinking about sleeping under that blanket…


Anyway, living in Florida, saying this place was cold, is a severe understatement. This place was BEYOND FREEZING. Being in negative degree celsius weather every single day doesn’t exactly warm the soul, and legitimately, no matter how many layers you’re wearing, it just isn’t enough.



All of that aside, the unbearable temperatures absolutely did not diminish the natural beauty this place beholds. It was one of the most relaxing and most quiet places I had ever been to. The air just smelled and felt cleaner and the residents of this small village, were some of the sweetest, most genuine people I have ever encountered. The food left a little to be desired, but they did have Nutella, so that was cool. 




I rode as a passenger on both a dog sled and a snowmobile (the dog sled was a bit more comfortable, but not by much) and I am still baffled by how much one’s blood thins by living in a warmer climate for several years. 


It goes without saying, however, that the highlight of the trip was FINALLY seeing the Northern Lights. My family and I had attempted to see them once before, in Iceland, back in 2013, which turned out to be an absolute fail. With this trip, it was now or never. We were EXTREMELY lucky to see the lights come out on our second night there, and they were very active. I would say that the pictures absolutely speak for themselves. 


What I found myself thinking during this trip, after watching the interactions between some of the families that were staying at the Lodge with us, is how in the hell do people travel internationally with children? Well, let me back up real quick. I was very happy to see and say that almost of the children that I saw, were old enough to remember and appreciate the trip that they were on. I never understand when people travel with children who are too small to remember anything (no judgment if you’re one of those people). 

Perhaps my question should really be, is traveling with children really so bad? I mean sure, no one actually enjoys having to take a trip to the bathroom during a long, international flight, and we all know that young children are BOUND to have to visit the restroom at LEAST twice during the trip. Maybe it isn’t too difficult, and for someone who loves to travel, I would love to know if it isn’t as bad as it seems. I know there are some families that have a ton of success with it, especially Twitter accounts like @gocurrycracker

Do you travel internationally with small children? If so, do you find it difficult to do? Depending on what age you travel with children, do you ever feel like it is a waste of money and time, since the child may not even remember/appreciate what they are experiencing? I am a huge proponent of having cultured children, so I would love to travel with kids, but I would like to know if it is a realistic expectation to have.

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The “B” Word: Budget, not Bitch

Shooting it straight right now, which I can’t say is anything unusual for me. (You will definitely learn this about me, the closer we become!)

Before I met my husband, a budget played, literally, an absent role in my life. A budget, was, truthfully, the bad “B” word. I have always been great at saving my money, and I could stretch a dollar probably farther than the average American. I never had a reason to even have a budget. However, when I met my husband six years ago, well, let’s just say my lifestyle took a significant turn.

It’s funny that it took me meeting my now husband, to see just how vital having a solid financial plan really is.

I hope I’m not alone in this thought, but I’m sure you don’t even realize how expensive a baby really is, until that blissful, nine-month rollercoaster is over.

My husband has admitted to me that it took him reading Andy Hill’s How Fatherhood Sparked My Desire for Financial Freedom to see just how important it was for us to achieve financial stability. Don’t get me wrong–we never found ourselves in any sort of financial troubles, but with my husband coming out of law school with student loans, it is obviously a priority for us to have our money situation figured out, especially with the prospect of adding another mouth to feed in the upcoming months.

I know he’ll be reading this, so I will take this moment to thank my husband for bringing budgeting into our lives. It may not be an easy road to travel, but the destination is well worth it.

Check back further into our journey and I’ll share some of our budgeting secrets!

What are some things that you did to prepare for your little one?